Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea): Sole survivor of the three defense submerged by West Bromwich Albion (2-5), the Blues captain pulled out all the stops against Porto. Aligned alongside Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen, the Spaniard proved impassable. Excellent against the assaults of Corona and Pepe, he held the house.
John Stones (Manchester City): sometimes put in difficult situations because of the bad choices of his partner in central defense, Ruben Dias, the Englishman still managed to make a clean copy. However, Borussia Dortmund had something to worry about the Citizens rearguard. But the day before last night, Erling Haaland often came up against the British rock. It should also be noted that he was one of the Skybkues having touched the most balloons.
Nacho (Real Madrid): called to the rescue to compensate for the long absence of Sergio Ramos, the Swiss army knife merengue has shown authority against Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah. The mission was not going to be easy, especially since he had to team up with a not always very reassuring Éder Militão. But against the Reds, the Spaniard has always been well placed and has almost never been faulted.
Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid): recently, we told you about its growing importance in Zinedine Zidane’s game plan. Well, the international tricolor continues to confirm match after match that Marcelo can continue to heat the sidelines. Very present in the offensive phases of the game and rarely taken in his back defensively, the former Gone again made a clear copy.
Idrissa Gueye (Paris Saint-Germain): his association with Danilo Pereira at kick-off raised fears of the worst. His start to the match was very complicated too. But over the minutes, the Senegalese took the measure of the meeting. Very active, he was excellent in his pressing, scratching a lot of balls. Very interesting also in his placement which broke the Munich pass lines.
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid): his deep pass at the origin of Vinicius Junior’s opener is still in everyone’s mind. But the German didn’t do just that. Installed in an armchair facing Liverpool, he was the hub of his team. With his madness crosses, the former Bayern Munich player perforated the opposing block without too much difficulty. Some did not hesitate to draw a parallel with a US football quarterback.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City): if the Citizens had planned the blow, they had quite a flair. By announcing the extension of their Belgian attacking midfielder until 2025, City leaders gave him a nice gift the day after his XXL performance against Borussia Dortmund. Author of the opener and the origin of the winning goal at the very end of the match, the Belgian was again decisive after his marked achievement in the previous round against Gladbach.
Mason Mount (Chelsea): the young Englishman has been on a good rush for four matches. Scorer with the Three Lions against Poland, then with the Blues against WBA, it was he who allowed his team to open the scoring on the field of Porto. And what a goal! Without forgetting an overflowing activity. At a time when the Chelsea workforce is full of stars, he continues to confirm his progress and is not going to come out of Thomas Tuchel’s eleven anytime soon.
Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain): if some say that Navas deserves the title of man of the match after his 10 saves made, the performance of the native of Bondy should not be underestimated for all that. Tired of the criticisms received in France, he was able to respond in the best possible way by offering himself a nice double. A small revenge for the one who had been tamed by Manuel Neuer in the final of the 2020 edition. Two goals that weigh heavily after his brilliant blow on the lawn of FC Barcelona.
Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid): at 20, the Brazilian raises a lot of hopes. But on important dates, his lack of efficiency has often earned him criticism. Capable of destabilizing the defenses thanks to his speed, Flamengo’s ex was this time clinical. Author of a double, his first in the Champions League, he became the second youngest player in the history of the competition to accomplish such a feat at 20 years and 268 days.